Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rustic Summer Berry Croustade

I wouldn't be able to post a week of Maine dishes without posting something blueberry. While in Maine we enjoyed a variety of blueberry dishes from a traditional blueberry pie to fresh blueberry daiquiris with homemade whipped cream!

What I like about this particular blueberry dish is how un-perfect it looks (if that's a word!) The rustic edges give it that homemade or "down to earth" look and the addition of sliced almonds gives it an unexpected crunch!

I have had a lot of fun making my way through Brooke's book, Dishing Up Maine. You can find my previous posts from her cookbook here.

I also picked up a wonderful book titled "The Way Life Should Be" by Christina Baker Kline. The story takes place on Mount Desert Island and follows the main character, Angela, as she ends up in Maine chasing her fantasy of the way life should be. She not only explores a new way of life, very different from NYC, but she finds a passion for cooking that she picked up from her Italian grandmother. I entirely enjoyed her story and it is also filled with some fabulous recipes and cooking tips! 

Rustic Summer Berry Croustade
recipe by Brooke Dojny for Dishing Up Maine
serves 6 to 8

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

2 1/2 cups blueberries (1 1/4 pints) or fruit combination (I used blueberries and raspberries)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg beaten with 2 teaspoons water (egg glaze)
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
powdered sugar (garnish)
vanilla ice cream (optional)

To make the pastry, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse to mix. Distribute the butter over the flour and process in short bursts until the mixture is about the size of small peas. (or you can combine the butter into the dry mix with 2 knifes or your hands if you don't have a food processor) Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of ice water and mix in. The dough should be come just wet enough to form a ball. If it seems to dry, add the last tablespoon of water.

Turn out a sheet of plastic wrap, gather into a ball, flatten to a 5 inch disc, and refrigerate for at least 3 minutes.

To make the pie filling, toss the berries with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a large bowl. (Note: Do not make ahead. Assemble together right before your dough is ready. The berries will become too juicy and with leak everywhere)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, working from the center in all directions until you have a 13 inch round. Do not trim the edges, as they are supposed to be ragged. Fold the pastry in half, then transfer it into a large rimmed baking sheet, patching any tears by pressing the dough together with your fingers. Brush the pastry with some of the egg glaze and sprinkle with almonds. Spoon the fruit filling onto the dough, mounding it slightly higher in the center and leaving a 2 inch border all around the edge. Fold the border in, pleating it as necessary to make and uneven 1 1/2 inch wide edge. Scatter the butter over the fruit and brush the edges of the crust with the egg glaze. 

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue to bake 25 to 30 minutes longer, until the pastry is golden brown, and the fruit is soft, and juices bubbly. Once completely cool, transfer to a wire rack with a large spatula to cool.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve slightly warm or at room temperature, with scoops of vanilla ice cream if desired.


Beloved Green said...

I love the look of this pie too. It looks real, not store-bought. And I bet it lives up to its expectations.

Muriel Miller said...

Sabrina this is my absolute favorite!!!! I love berry deserts and this looks amazing!

Baking Serendipity said...

This looks amazing! My husband and I just started talking about taking a fall trip to Maine...though the blueberries would be gone, I think the leaves turning would be beautiful :) In the meantime, I'll have to find berries at home to make this!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

You're killin' me smalls!! How I long for fresh berries right now! Seattle is not having much luck with the fresh berry thing - esp blackberries! Ahhh. This is so on my list!! It's beautiful! ~Megan

marina {Yummy Mummy} said...

wow that looks amazing! I love rustic desserts and this looks perfect. Yum!

Lindselicious said...

Oh I've been dying to make one of these!! I don't know where the time goes- I better get my act together before the berries are gone. Love the sliced almonds on the edges too. YUM!

Tina said...

I like the rustic part of this recipe, us foodies spend so much time trying to make things look picture perfect (especially pastry). The raggedly look makes it look more homemade.
The almond crust and the juicy berries sound heavenly-yum!

Emily @ Life on Food said...

So much easier that pie! You're right, you cannot leave Maine without something or many things blueberry. I love it!

Yasmeen said...

I absolutely love the look of this rustic galette. So much character and yet so elegant! Lovely with all those fresh berries, too.

Lizzy said...

Oh, Sabrina, this is gorgeous!!! And SO yummy filled with berries....mmmmmm.

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

Gorgeous summer Croustade! I saw the photo on FG and just had to comment!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking flavours with berries

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This looks really amazing - SO delicious , the pastry looks great and the berries delicious

janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

So pretty! I love the rustic look on pastries personally. Buzzed :-)

Julia Andrus Williams said...

That looks delicious! A great summer treat, for sure.

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Oh I LOVE this! Looks so delicious!! :)

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This is beautiful, Sabrina! I love how easy it is to change the berries and competely change the flavor and the crust sounds divine!

Leslie said...

Wonderfully delicious! This just screams summer

Erin said...

This looks amazing! The crust with the fruit...yyuuumm!

Julie said...

That is SO pretty...I'd love to dive right in :)

Hanna said...

Imma try this recipe!!! :) Looks really yummy!!

Anita said...

You said it's un-perfect. I say it is perfect :-) soooo pretty. I love it. Nice blog, great photos. Thanks for posting


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